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Just as Samsung is Planning to Unveil a New Foldable Device, a Little-known Company in China Comes up With a Foldable Phone

Royole Corporation a little-known phone company unveiled the FlexPai, what it calls the world’s first commercial smartphone with a flexible display. The Android device is expected to start selling in China this December, starting at $1,291.

The FlexiPai is built with a flexible screen that can fold the device like a wallet.

Royole is calling the FlexPai a phone, but the unfolded, the product has a 7.8-inch display with a 1920×1440 resolution, which places it in tablet category as well. It’s also a bit hefty and weighs in twice the weight of an iPhone X. When a user folds the phone, the device can readjust the display, although the transitions are kind of rough.

The product, however, isn’t cheap with the base model starting at $1,291 and the fully upgraded goes for $1,864.

Samsung has been planning on unveiling its own foldable smartphone in the next week at the company’s developer conference in San Francisco. The new Samsung product will reportedly also feature a large display and can fold in the same way as the FlexPai.

Royole has been working on flexible display technology for over the past five years. The company is based in Fremont, California, with most of its employees based in China. The company has a factory in Shenzhen, China.

Royole does have plans to sell the foldable phone in the US but hasn’t determined the exact date yet.

The FlexPai is powered by an unnamed Qualcomm Snapdragon 8 series processor with a clock at 2.8GHz. The base model is confirmed to have 6GB of RAM, 128GB in storage, and a microSD card slot. The phone has two cameras, one at 20 MP and the other at 16MP.

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